She’s inspired by her pups’ ability to live in the present and the optimism, unconditional love, passion and commitment of her family, boyfriend and yoga students, and her favorite thing about teaching yoga is reminding her students to let each day’s practice whatever it needs to be. Charlotte thinks of yoga as a permission slip of sorts – permission for things to be messy – but also permission to be fully present in life’s messes and to find a way to dance through life’s messes with your own awkward grace and own each moment – messy or not.
Charlotte completed her 200-hour training at Konalani Yoga Ashram in Kailua-Kona, Hawaii, before taking Laughing Lotus’ 50-hour super sequencing training in New York.
A Florida native and Oglethorpe University graduate, Charlotte moved to Atlanta in 2005 and currently lives in West End with her boyfriend Luke and two dogs, Olive and Blinkin.
Catch her in the studio throughout the week, and follow along with snaps of her life on Instagram and her favorite tunes on Spotify at @charlotte.kilbourn. Don’t forget to “be brave, be weird, be unequivocally you.”
Kelli joined the Thunderbolt Power Yoga team in 2017 after completing her 200-hour training at Core Power Yoga and a three-month mentoring program with Thunderbolt.
Between working a rigorous full-time job and being a full-time mama, Kelli’s day-to-day life doesn’t leave a lot of time for balance. Enter yoga; through her practice, Kelli has created a space for balance and through teaching she’s able to share that with others; creating a kind, fun-loving, energetic space for her students.
Ask Kelli what she loves most about being a yoga instructor, and she’ll tell you that yoga helped make her a better mother, wife and friend. That teaching yoga allows her the creative space to approach the world in a kinder, more patient and understanding way and to help her students do the same - by harnessing their own inner child and grace for themselves to find the skills they need to manage their lives in a more positive way.
An Atlanta native, Kelli graduated from the University of Colorado Boulder and moved back to Atlanta in 2007. Today, she lives near Chastain Park with her husband, their three children, Skylar, Gracyn and Ryder, and Bear, their beloved puppy. When not teaching, practicing or working, you’ll often find Kelli outside, spending time with her family and friends on the lake or at their brewery SteadyHand; no matter what, you’ll always find her listening to music. Keep up with Kelli on Instagram and Spotify - Kelli Ashkouti Sullivan - and check out her class soon!
A Nashville native and Vanderbilt University graduate, Terri left home for Atlanta right after college and now lives in Buckhead with her husband, three boys and two dogs.
Catch her in the studio through the week, teaching mornings and afternoons, and follow along with snaps of her life on Instagram and her favorite tunes on Spotify at @terrisf22.
“Keep finding time to turn in, then extend your best self out into the world.” – that’s Laura’s mantra and how she closes each practice. After starting to practice at TPY in 2015, Laura was so inspired by the community that she enrolled in teacher training with Carly Grace Power Yoga School in early 2016. She has been teaching at TPY since mid-2016 and has continued her education by attending the Baptiste Institute Art of Assisting and by participating in advanced yoga workshops with renowned yogis like Kino MacGregor, Kerry Armstrong, Dana Trixie Flynn and Mitchell Bleier.
Inspired by the chance to bring a smile or moment of peace to someone who needs it, Laura cherishes the chance to get to know her students, many of whom she might never know outside of Thunderbolt.
A New Jersey native and graduate of Princeton University, Laura lives in Buckhead with her husband and her youngest son. When not in her favorite pose, half moon, you can find her restoring vintage houses and home decor.
Love Laura’s tunes? Follow along on Spotify @laura.bjorkholm2!
Operations Manager and Yoga Teacher
Alex joined the Thunderbolt Power Yoga team in July 2016 and currently works as both operations manager and a yoga teacher. In 2017, Alex enrolled in the Carly Grace Power Yoga School and upon graduation in August, joined Thunderbolt’s teaching staff, meaning you can now catch her behind the front desk and in the studio.
After moving to Atlanta by herself, Alex found a sense the sense of community she yearned for at Thunderbolt and discovered the gift of yoga at the same time. Inspired by people who follow even the most intimidating dreams, she became a teacher to help students tap into their mind, body, spirit connections.
A Louisville, Ohio, native, Alex attended Kent State University and North Greenville University before moving to Atlanta in 2015. Currently, she lives in Sandy Springs and when not at the studio, can often be found spending time with family, especially her adorable niece and nephew. Keep up with Alex on Instagram and Spotify - @alexandrabartee - and be sure to say, “hi!” next time you’re in the studio.
In each class, Anastasia reminds yogis that “your presence is a present,” hoping everyone leaves practice more aware of living in the moment.
A Kansas City, Kansas native, Anastasia met her husband Drew at Auburn University. The couple now resides in Buckhead. Catch her in the studio on throughout the week, and follow along with snaps of her life on Instagram and her favorite tunes on Spotify @ajerdan33.
During college, she began practicing yoga to escape her intense cheerleading training; a desire to find more purposeful friendships and cultivate a greater well-being kept her coming back. After a lifetime of perfection-based sports, yoga was the first thing Carly practiced where a perfect-ten mentality wasn’t required, and she delighted in yoga’s celebration of imperfection.
At only 24, she opened Thunderbolt as a community-based studio where instructors practice with each other, students make friends, and yogis count on clean spaces and familiar faces.
As a YA 200 E-RYT, Carly’s studied and practiced with influencers and teachers across the country. In addition to teaching, she leads Carly Grace Power Yoga RYS Trainings, and generates content for her lifestyle/wellness blog, carlygraceyoga.com.
When teaching, she encourages people to move like themselves, helps students be audaciously playful in their practices and lives, and hopes to inspire the “be for one another” mentality that shapes her business.
Meet Carly for a sweaty, soul-drenched class, say “hello” on Instagram @carlygraceyoga, and tune in for her online yoga classes, launching soon!
“Count your blessings, not your breaths,” that’s what Alyssa often closes her classes with and is exactly why she teaches yoga. Inspired by helping students find their happiest, healthiest lives, Alyssa teaches to connect with yogis and help them achieve accomplishments on their mats. She calls Thunderbolt her yoga home because the sense of community and loving family she’s found here can’t be beat.
A Texas native, Alyssa moved to Atlanta in 2009 and currently lives in Chamblee with her two daughters, Lyric and Olive, and pup, Bishop. When not teaching or practicing, Alyssa’s in full-time mom mode. Keep up with Alyssa on Instagram at @itsalyssa727 and Spotify - Alyssa Owen - and find her in the studio soon!